How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Suffolk/Nassau County breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a big factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Airmax Long Island Inc can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 631-737-5566 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.